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Gorman, Blanchet Win Junior Sprints at U.S. Champs

HOUGHTON, Mich. –Henry Gorman (Wasatch Nordic Ski Academy) came out on top of the men’s junior heats in Saturday’s 1.5 k freestyle sprint at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships. Crossing the line with a time of 3:46.01, Gorman bested second place finisher Dylan Syben (Unleashed Coaching) who trailed by 2.75 seconds. Seiji Takaji (Alaska Winter Stars) took third, 5.19 seconds back.

Lydia Blanchet (APU) won the women’s junior race with a time of 4:32.05. Emily Hyde of the Mount Bachelor SEF came in a close second just 0.73 seconds behind. Rounding out the podium was Rebekka Scheueder (NMU) who crossed the line 8.37 seconds behind Blanchet.

Results

2015 Junior World/U18 Teams Announced in Houghton

HOUGHTON, Mich. — The 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships showcased some of the nation’s best junior skiers Thursday, with a 5/10 k classic mass start at the Michigan Tech Nordic Center. In the 10 k men’s race, Ian Torchia of Northern Michigan University came out on top with a time of 30:46.6. He bested second place finisher Thomas O’Harra of APU by 28.5 seconds. Rounding out the podium was Ben Hegmen of the University of Vermont, who finished 29.0 seconds off the winning pace. In the women’s 5 k Katharine Ogden of Stratton Mountain outpaced the competition to earn a time of 15:35.8. Roughly 16.9 seconds behind Ogden was Julia Kern of the Cambridge Sports Union. In third was Hailey Swirbul of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (+21.5). Results: men’s 10 k | women’s 5 k Thursday also marked the selection of the 2015 U18 and World Junior Championship…

Zak Ketterson, Ann-Cathrin Uhl Take Junior Titles in U.S. Nationals Classic Sprint

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Zak Ketterson, of Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR), and Ann-Cathrin Uhl, of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), rose to the top of the junior classic-sprint ranks on Tuesday in the junior A-finals at U.S. Cross Country Championships. Ketterson, a U18, qualified 65th out of 175 men in the 1.5-kilometer sprint amid heavy snow at times and persistent wind. In the afternoon junior heats, still cold at around 9 degrees Fahrenheit but with less snowfall, Ketterson won his quarterfinal and semifinal and went on to dominate the final, winning in 4:38.6 by nearly three seconds. Thomas O’Harra, of Alaska Pacific University (APU), placed second (+2.93), and Gavin Hess (University of New Hampshire) rounded out the junior podium in third (+5.44). In the women’s A-final, Uhl, a U20, outlasted Sarah Bezdicek by 1.29 seconds with the win in 5:28.98. Emily Hyde (Mount Bachelor Ski Education Foundation) was third (+6.34). Uhl was 41st in the qualifying round,…

Video: Eastern Cup Opener Pile-up

The Dec. 21-22 Eastern Cup opener in Rikert, Vt. saw strong competition from junior to elite skiers as they began the season’s racing on the eastern circuit. Sunday’s women’s 10 k freestyle mass start saw impressive performances, including a win from Stratton Mountain’s Katharine Ogden who earned a 4.6-second win over teammate Erika Flowers. The race also saw a large crash that wiped out much of the field, and while we feel for the skiers who were affected, it’s hard to look away… Check out the pile-up in the video below:

Maine Hosting Junior Nordic Summer Training Camp July 23-26

(Maine High School Skiing press release) Save the dates: July 23rd-26th at Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop Maine is hosting a Summer Training Camp for high school athletes who want to use their summer training to get the most out of winter competitions.  For four days, we will run, hike, and roller-ski together and learn about all the different aspects of training effectively for developing athletes. Athletes will be able to work with different coaches to find the best solutions for their personal challenges, and develop a training plan that works for them and their goals.  We will be releasing a detailed schedule for the week, along with all of the necessary equipment, within the next few weeks.  In the meantime, any athlete who is interested should contact Adam Masterman atamasterman@msad58.org. This camp will be limited to 30 girls and 30 boys, and preference will be given to skiers who qualified…

VIDEO: IMD Youth Ski Festival

Check out this fun video sent to us from the IMD Youth Ski Festival in Park City, Utah.  Surely some of these young athletes will be racing the SuperTour Finals before we know it.

Junior Nationals Photo Galleries by MacBeth Graphics

Thousands upon thousands of photos from 2014 Junior Nationals in Stowe, Vt. — they’re all here at MacBeth Graphics galleries! All the profits from any print sales (and there have been a good amount already) will be donated to the National Nordic Foundation. Take a look

Junior Nationals Recap Video Collaboration by Mullings and Kerns

STOWE, Vt. — A recap of last week’s 2014 Junior Nationals at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt., by Far West’s Skyler Mullings and New England’s Julia Kern. “Both Julia and I would like to thank every single volunteer out there, all the race organizers and directors, the race sponsors, our teammates, coaches, wax techs and parents!” Mullings wrote. “See everyone next year! http://xcjuniornationals2015.com/” Trouble viewing video? Click here.

Junior Nationals Sprint Video by Skyler Mullings

Far West’s Skyler Mullings of the Sugar Bowl Academy created the following video of the Junior Nationals classic sprints last Wednesday at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. He did so after racing himself, qualifying and placing a notable 18th. 2014 JN CLASSIC SPRINTS from After Hours Productions on Vimeo. Have a video of your own you’d like to share? Email alex@fasterskier.com with the link.

U.S. Junior Nationals: Day 1 Results and Podium Pics

STOWE, Vt. — U.S. Junior Nationals kicked off in earnest on Monday, the first of four days of racing at Trapps Family Lodge this week, with 5- and 10-kilometer classic individual starts. While we’re working on a video to recap the action, check out the results of six different races in the U16, U18 and U20 categories on the event website. Also be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates and photos as they happen.